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Public Life & Institutions Collection
Image: Model - Captain Cook's Cottage, Cyril Noisette, Icing, 1934
Source: Museum Victoria
The lives of all Victorians are shaped by organisational and institutional structures in the public sphere. Such structures are dynamic, always in the process of creation, redefinition, maintenance, and change.
While some individuals may have the opportunity to participate in the creation of some of these structures, and to influence their direction, others suffer under, negotiate with or react to them. Groups of people may then combine to bring about changes to the ways the structures operate and develop.
This collecting field is concerned with communal and institutional activities in the public sphere in Victoria since 1835. Material evidence generated as a result of particular forms of public, cultural, political and institutional activity in Victoria is collected to document distinctive forms of urban and regional life.
The collection focuses on the operation of particular structures at particular times, and also on the processes of change, continuity, reaction and adaptation. Sub-themes include celebrations and festivals; political history; charity and welfare; ritual and belief; and images and icons of Melbourne.
It also illustrates the events and patterns that help us define and understand Australian identity in all its complexity and diversity. A wide range of material has been gathered from many organisations and institutions, both active and inactive.
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Items per page: 10 50 (showing 821 - 830) 1281 items
The catalogue was published in 1934 by Ramsay Publishing Pty Ltd, 197-207 King St, Melbourne, for the All-Australian Exhibition held at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne between Octo ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 5
Letter to Howard from Nell on one page of lined paper with four emblems: ACF, RSL, THE SALVATION ARMY, and Y.M.C.A., dated January 18 1942. Nell is pleased he has started his course and ...From: Wingham, Australia Images: 4
Membership card for the Emerald Hill Total Abstinence Society, which was located in South Melbourne, Victoria. It was manufactured by W.M. Marshall, Printer, and was used between 1883-1 ...Images: 1
One of two World War II era knitting books issued by Lever Bros. Pty Ltd under the Lux brand name, 1941. 'The Lux Book' contains a range of patterns for men, women and children; the 'L ...Images: 6
This leaflet was issued in 1970 in Melbourne by the Trade Union Anti-conscription Committee for the second of three main moratorium marches in Melbourne between 1970-1971. The first ma ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 3
Alternative Name(s): Prayer Book Book 'The Children's Mass Book', published by A.G. Younes, circa 1955. It was used by Italian immigrant Marino Dereani when he attended Mass at Bonegil ...Images: 6
Alternative Name(s): Registration Card Identity card, made in 1942 and used by Amy Doreen Lavey. She lived at 41 Kenmare Street, Box Hill North, then a semi-rural suburb, and was descr ...From: Box Hill North, Australia Images: 4
Printed meal ticket for the Royal Australian Air Force found under the floorboards of the Royal Exhibition Building during floor restoration work in the late 1980s. The ticket is marke ...Images: 2
Unused Australian Natives Association Ex-Branch President's Certificate printed circa 1927-1940. The Australian Natives' Association was a Friendly Society which provided benefits to it ...Images: 1